INLA Prisoners Of War Statement : To the Seamus Costello Commemoration
October 2nd 2005
We gather here, today to remember with pride, our comrade and former
leader and co-founder, Seamus Costello. It’s been 28 years since Seamus
was murdered by reactionary forces opposed to the creation of a 32 County
Socialist Irish Republic.
Whether it was on local community issues on Wicklow County Council or the
broader socialist and anti-imperialist issues, his dedication, diligence
and perseverance served as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Comrades, as we enter this new phase of the social struggle, it is that
very same diligence, perseverance and dedication that is required by each
and every one of us, to ensure that the ideals and principals that he
espoused so dearly are delivered in a clear and transparent manner to both
today’s and tomorrow’s generation.
Issues such as poverty, housing, health, education, employment and social
issues coupled with the scourge of narcotics have decimated the very
fabric of our society leaving the working class feeling more and more
isolated and alone. There are many enemies of the working class. We cannot
stand by and watch as drug barons, criminals and fat cat capitalists often
assisted by state sponsored forces, tear away at the very fabric of our
In the present day, the IRSM faces many challenges, we, in the Irish
Republican Socialist Movement must be visible, audible and sincere in our
efforts to address these and the vast array of issues that scourge our
Our voice must be audible when it comes to, highlighting the scourge of
drugs within our society, highlighting the ever increasing number of
people who live on our streets, highlighting state corruption at every
level, from Civil Servant, Planners to Gardai and those corrupt
Politicians who Govern us.
The Celtic Tiger never failed, "for everyone within working class
communities, it never existed", daily struggle to get by, just got harder,
as everyday goods and services become more expensive. However, we can
state that the G.F.A has failed. Sectarianism is rife, daily attacks occur
on working class nationalist areas, in particular Ballymena and North
Belfast, feed by entrenched loyalist hatred and governments who don’t seem
Dessie O’Hare is still in jail, even though he is a qualifying prisoner
under the G.F.A. Both Governments bend the rules and shift the goalposts
when they see fit. Other republicans Such as Strabane Republican, John
Brady are incarcerated, many on the sole word of the PSNI or Gardai, both
proven corrupt police forces.
We must not be deterred by the capitalist endorsed decimation of our
working class communities.
Comrades, onwards with the revolution.
On behalf of Republican Socialist POWs, Portlaoise, Castlerea and Maghaberry.